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BBS: The Documentary Archive

Jason Scott (TEXTFILES.COM)

The BBS Documentary Video Collection is a varied set of video items collected by Jason Scott, curator of TEXTFILES.COM. These are recordings about and from the era of the domination of ASCII and Dial-up Bulletin Board Systems (roughly the 1970s through the 1990s, with examples far before and after that).



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Deth Veggie has been a close friend for over a decade, and his position in the Cult of the Dead Cow came around in the early years of knowing him. Founded in 1985, the group went from textfile-writing to world-wide media mavens to security pundits. Along the way, they found themselves in a great and unique position as "hacker celebrities". As the image grew somewhere out of control, I knew many of the members as friends, and saw both sides of the story. This interview has a unique...
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Recorded as part of the BBS Documentary production, this is a collection of edited clips that were used in some way in the final documentary, now presented in contextual form. This set of clips are unused or barely-used clips that lasted a long time in the editing timeline until being cut during the last rounds. These clips are provided for historical value and have not been checked for accuracy or sourcing. The statements and descriptions of statements were done at the time of editing in 2004...
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Recorded as part of the BBS Documentary production, this is a collection of edited clips that were used in some way in the final documentary, now presented in contextual form. The general theme of the clips are references to FidoNet or FidoNet-related subjects. These clips are provided for historical value and have not been checked for accuracy or sourcing. The statements and descriptions of statements were done at the time of editing in 2004 and should be considered first-draft filenames that...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Lord Soth (Slothy) [iCE]
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BBS Documentary Interview: Mark Grennan and Dave Drexler
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Interview with Philip J. Kaplan, "pud" of FUCKEDCOMPANY.COM, for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on March 2nd, 2002 in New York City, NY. Questions center around running a BBS, pirate groups, modem costs, what makes a web forum or BBS worthwhile to post on, tips for inciting conversation, and speculations on the personality behind running a BBS. Contains profanity. The interview was conducted in a rehearsal space leased by Mr. Kaplan and his band, and so the sound is unusual in that...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Delchi
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jon Larimore
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BBS Documentary Interview: Phil Becker and Bob Hartman
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BBS Documentary Interview: Mustang Software Employees
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BBS Documentary Interview: Thom and Irene Henderson
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Interview with Tracer, artist for the ANSI art group ACiD. Conducted on March 8, 2004, in New York City, New York. Subjects discussed included ANSI art groups, switching groups based on opportunity, power structures of art groups, creating art in both ANSI and RIP graphics, and which artists Tracer found impressive. Post-BBS events are discussed as well. At the beginning of the interview, a heat pipe clanks occasionally during both questions and answers, and then calms down for the remaining...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Scott Brinker
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Interview with Bruce Fancher, Dead Lord of Legion of Doom (LOD) and co-founder of the MindVox bulletin board and internet service provider, conducted on October 13, 2002 in New York City. Topics include TAP meetings, connecting to different bulletin boards, busts, the operations and internals of MindVox, hacker ethics and motivation, and opinions and thoughts about the mid 1990s explosion of interest in internet and politics. Some noise reduction is in place, and the interview was conducted...
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BBS Documentary Interview: John Coate
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BBS Documentary Interview: H2K2 Attendees
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BBS Documentary Interview: John (Alexis) Riley
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BBS Documentary Interview: Various CACHE Interviewees
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BBS Documentary Interview: Robert A. Fowkes
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BBS Documentary Interview: Various DEFCON Attendees
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BBS Documentary Interview: Phillip Heller
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Interview with Mark Nasstrom for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on May 24th, 2003 in Seal Rock, Oregon. Discussions include running election results through BBSes, communication issues in sparsely populated areas, and Boardwatch magazine.
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BBS Documentary Interview: James and Liz McDaniel
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Interview with Milky Puppy and Liz, BBS users, in Toronto, Ontario on May 25, 2002. Subjects covered included early BBS use in Chicago and Toronto, various BBSes run by Milky and their unique themes, the YIP group, BBS Meets, co-sysop and sysop duties, Atari and Macintosh platforms, and points of pride or highlights from BBSes. This interview was conducted towards the beginning of the film cycle, when I had more of a "conversational" style to the interviews, meaning I am a notable...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Bootleg
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dennis Cruise
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BBS Documentary Interview: Daniel O'Leary
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BBS Documentary Interview: Alan Aspuru-Guzik (n0pal)
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From the collection of Mark Grennan, this collection of tapes includes presentations and discussions from the International Fidonet Association's 1987 Board Meeting, as well as the 1988 Board Meeting. It also has a number of presentations regarding FidoNet that were held at some Fidonet gatherings.
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jayne
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Interview with Minor Threat, conducted in Austin, Texas, on January 30th, 2004. Minor Threat is most known as the creator and co-author of Tone Loc, a "wardialer" program that would connect to thousands of phones looking for carriers, voices, and other surprises in a phone exchange. However, this interview mostly focuses on his memories of both PD (public domain) BBSes and hacking BBSes; a section in the middle focuses on Tone Loc and the challenges associated with the program. The...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dale Coyner
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BBS Documentary Interview: Uncensored Citadel
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BBS Documentary Interview: David 'Greeny' Greenberg
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dorsai Embassy Staff
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BBS Documentary Interview: Steve Catmull and David W. Terry
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BBS Documentary Interview: Nick Sklavounakis
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BBS Documentary Interview: John Madill
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BBS Documentary Interview: Rubicon Various
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BBS Documentary Interview: Ken Larson
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BBS Documentary Interview: Cheshire Catalyst
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Interview with b0b lee, maintainer of the Steel Guitar Forum (http://steelguitarforum.com) and creator of the b0badel BBS software package. Conducted in Cloverdale, California on May 31, 2003. I was woken that morning in a hotel in the middle of Cloverdale with the news of the birth of my cousin's daughter, Rhiannon Marie. Interview subjects include the first time b0b encountered BBSes, real life meetings of BBS users, the unique experience of using BBSes, the b0badel software (and comparison...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Frank LaRosa
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BBS Documentary Interview: Phen
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BBS Documentary Interview: Peter Elsner
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Interview of Ken Kaplan, Ben Baker, and Ryugen Fisher (That Old Frog)in St. Louis Missouri, January of 2004. Hour 3. Discussion of Fidonet politics, internal issues, triumphs of engineering, influence of Fidonet. Covers some parts of the ARC-ZIP battle, as well as why the various interviewees ultimately left the project. Shot in the same living room in which Fidonet's main implementation was created, at Ken Kaplan's house. Slight video stream corruption (2-3 frames) at the beginning of the...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Denton Fidonet Group
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jake Kouns/Rulers of Chaos
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BBS Documentary Interview: PhreakNIC Attendees
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BBS Documentary Interview: Milo Tsukroff
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When I set out on this whole "BBS Documentary" project, it had been almost a decade since I had touched audiovisual equipment on this scale, and I'd certainly never tried a project as huge and involved as this one. I knew that whoever the first interview was was going to have to basically put up with delays, weird-acting equipment, and my own stumbling attempts to organize a good shot. To that end, I decided that this person should be someone I knew, someone familiar with being...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dave McClure David Paul McClure, 64, of Luray, Va. passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Sentara RMH after a long battle with kidney disease. Dave was born at the San Diego Naval Base on March 9, 1952 and was the son of the late Donald and Alverta McClure. As a navy kid, Dave lived in many locations including Kodiak, AK and Sasebo, Japan. Dave was a 1974 graduate of the University of Iowa and ROTC. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force and flew...
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BBS Documentary Interview: Frank Deignan
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BBS Documentary Interview: Anthony J. Kay and Lyndon Payne
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BBS Documentary Interview: Dr. Ripco
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BBS Documentary Interview: Bob Whiston
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BBS Documentary Interview: Ted Decastro
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BBS Documentary Interview: Eric Greene
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BBS Documentary Interview: Rick Siegel
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Interview with Milky Puppy and Liz, BBS users, in Toronto, Ontario on May 25, 2002. Subjects covered included early BBS use in Chicago and Toronto, various BBSes run by Milky and their unique themes, the YIP group, BBS Meets, co-sysop and sysop duties, Atari and Macintosh platforms, and points of pride or highlights from BBSes. This interview was conducted towards the beginning of the film cycle, when I had more of a "conversational" style to the interviews, meaning I am a notable...
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Interview with Lynn Crumbling for BBS: The Documentary. Conducted on February 29, 2004 in York, Pennsylvania. Covered his early experiences with BBSes, his favorite boards, and influential figures in his early computing life that led him to his current career. Also a discussion about his favorite general computer memories.
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BBS Documentary Interview: Donal
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BBS Documentary Interview: Jack Rickard
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BBS Documentary Interview: Epsilon Process
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BBS Documentary Interview: B.W. Behling
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BBS Documentary Interview: Shaggy/Metalhead [iCE]
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Interview with Ryan Brown (alias Zendo) in Mountain View California, on May 22, 2003. Camera shifts a couple times, trying different angles. Subjects covered include running a BBS at a very young age, getting to know people only online, winning an award for running a BBS, as well as discussions about ANSI art and using various BBS software. Excellent back and forth between interviewer and interviewee.
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